In the finals of the Estoril Open 2022, World No. 29 and the 5th seeded Frances Tiafoe will take on World No. 59 Sebastian Baez.
Frances Tiafoe vs Sebastian Baez: Match Details
- Tournament: Estoril Open 2022
- Match: Frances Tiafoe vs Sebastian Baez
- Round: Finals
- Date: 1st May
- Venue: Club de Tenis do Estoril, Portugal
- Surface: Outdoor Claycourt
- Prize Money: $87,764 (Winner), $51,195 (Runner-up)
Frances Tiafoe vs Sebastian Baez: Preview
Frances Tiafoe has arguably played his best tennis this week winning all matches in 3-sets en route to the finals. Of the four matches so far, the American had lost the opening set in two matches but rallied back to come out as the winner. Up against compatriot Sebastian Korda in the semis, Tiafoe saved multiple match points to claim a thrilling 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 win in a match that almost touched the 3-hour mark. This will be Frances’ first finals of the season.
Sebastian Baez brought his amazing form in the semi-finals as well taking out defending champion Albert-Ramos Vinolas with a 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-0 win over the Spaniard. Unlike Frances, Baez won his first-round match in straight-sets but since then all have been 3-setters. The win over Vinolas takes the Argentine into his second final of the season having earlier finished as the runner-up in Santiago earlier this season.
Frances Tiafoe vs Sebastian Baez: Head to Head
This will be the first-ever meeting between the duo, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Frances Tiafoe vs Sebastian Baez: Prediction
Tiafoe will come into the tie with a career claycourt record of 95-51 and is 7-2 on the surface this season while having a season record of 11-7 across all surfaces. Baez will take the court with a career claycourt record of 153-59 and is 16-6 on the surface this season while having a 21-13 season record so far.
Looking at these numbers and considering their form in the 2022 season, it looks to be a victory for Baez. Despite Frances making incredible comebacks all weeks, his fitness surely would have taken a hit and he was seen limping a little after his win over Korda. His recovery will be a key factor in deciding how long can he continue to hold off Baez, but there seems a very little possibility of the Argentine not winning his first-ever Tour title.
Prediction: Sebastian Baez to win in straight-sets.
Frances Tiafoe vs Sebastian Baez: Broadcast and Streaming Details
- United Kingdom – Amazon Prime Video
- Australia – beIN SPORTS
- France – Eurosport
- USA – Tennis Channel
- Germany – Sky Deutschland
- India: Discovery
- Italy – Supertennis
- Canada – TSN